Miss Virginia Wade of Britain ended her long quest for Wimbledon glory on Friday (1 July) when in the centenary year of the world's most famous tennis tournament she won the women's singles title.
MV: Betty Stove serves and wins point and first set 6-4.
GV: Virginia Wade serves and losses the point (Wade leads 5 games to 3, second set and by 40-15)
GV: Wade serves and wins point and second set 6-3.
GV: Betty Stove serves and wins the point.
GV: Betty Stove serves, loses point and match, and players meet at net.
GV: crowd cheering and applauding.
MV: Wade steps forward and is presented with Wilbledon trophy by Queen Elizabeth.
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Background: Miss Virginia Wade of Britain ended her long quest for Wimbledon glory on Friday (1 July) when in the centenary year of the world's most famous tennis tournament she won the women's singles title. Miss Wade beat Miss Betty Stove of Holland 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
SYNOPSIS: In the first set it looked as though the elusive title was going to elude Miss Wade yet again. Miss Stove broke her service twice and was quick to take advantage of Miss Wade's nervous play. The British girl was obviously put off her game by Miss Stove's aggressive approach. First Set to Miss Stove, 6-4.
Miss Wade, serving here, made her first appearance at Wimbledon as a 16-year old schoolgirl in 1962. Since then she's been a constant source of unfulfilled hope both to herself and to her thousands of followers. But after her disappointing performance in the opening set, Miss Wade successfully changed her approach to the game. She was soon leading 3-0, but lost a point for a 4-0 lead. However, Miss Wade remained in control and took the second set, 6-3.
Miss Stove tried to continue her attacking game, but Miss Wade took complete command in the final set. The British girl raced to a 5-1 lead. In the final game, Miss Stove found herself 40-15 down. She saved one match point, but lost the match on the next point when Miss Wade punished a weak second serve.
For the victorious Miss Wade came the honour of receiving the women's singles trophy from Queen Elizabeth.
Miss Wade said later she had really wanted to win Wimbledon this year as she's previously felt she was the best player never to win the trophy.